Wednesday, March 26, 2014

March 26, 2014

We made it home last Saturday evening March 15th. We left on Thursday immediately following Casey's bone marrow biopsy. There was no waiting for results, he was ready to get on the road. It was a long drive. We took a different route home than we took down. We went through Arkansas. Arkansas was a boring state. We got to Nashville on Friday around 5:00. Since I had never been there, we decided to stop for dinner. We hit the downtown area and traffic was at a crawl and we really didn't have a plan, so we ended up getting back on the highway and stopped to eat at a Chilie's. We thought Bristol would be a good stop for the night, only to find a NASCAR race was being held there that weekend. Another foiled idea. Thank goodness for satellite radio. I am sure Casey enjoyed my singing. I really do a good rendition of Billy Joel's Piano Man. When we got to Casey's house, we were greeted by 3 excited dogs.
The following Thursday. Casey went with his swimmers to a Virginia Tech for sectionals, where he was very proud of the way they swam. I don't know why he didn't request my company for that road trip.
He had a little glitch with his prescription and it took 3 days to get it squared away. In Houston he had his personal pharmacist, Jason, who would be there during his doctor visits and was always available to take care of problems. That was a service that I am sure he will miss. Back to the real world which includes income taxes, but I know he rather do taxes and argue with CVS than be back at the hospital. He will have to make a trip back out to Houston for an appointment on April 9th. Until then he is enjoying freedom and good health.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

March 12, 2014

I arrived last Wednesday and Gary left. My plane arrived on time and Gary's was delayed. I got off of the plane and Gary was standing there. It was nice to see him for 5 minutes.
We just got back from the hospital. Casey has been cleared to leave tomorrow. He does have a rash which might have prevented him from being allowed to go home. His rash has gotten a lot better in the past week, so they removed his port and told him after his bone marrow biopsy tomorrow afternoon he is able to go home. He was rehearsing what he would say if they told him no. He is so ready to get home. He does have to come back for another appointment on April 9th. We did have a lot time away from the hospital this week. We went to the driving range, the rodeo and the park. I even got him to go to the mall with me. Things really are bigger in Texas, the mall is huge. There were also swim meets to keep up with online.
Now we are starting to pack up the car for the long drive home. Hopefully I can bring some of this warm weather home with me.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

March 4, 2014

Gary is with Casey and they were able to get to tour NASA and go to the dog races. They were hoping to be able to golf, but they were not able to remove Casey's port. They have not been able to get Casey's liver function to a comfortable level with pills instead of the intravenous medicine. All of Casey's buddies have now gone home, so he is stuck with mom and dad. I really appreciate all of you taking time out of your busy schedules to spend time with him. There are so many people who have supported us throughout this ordeal. I don't know how we could have done it without all of you. A huge thank you to my parents who have paid the rent on the apartment and have been very gracious with allowing me to take time off of work. A lifetime of gratitude to Charlie, Melissa and Connor for giving Casey, not only a place to stay, but a home. Middle Atlantic swimming for donating their airline miles. Cherita has had an arduous year, but it has been a pleasure catching up with her. Thank you to my sister, Debbie for being the world's best aunt and keeping on top of all of the medical end of things. Thanks to LAC, Kyle, Derek and Tyler for putting together fund raisers and thanks to everyone who participated in them. I don't know how we would have made it through this past year without your support. Cancer is expensive. Most of all thank you to Stevie for donating her bone marrow without ever a second thought. I leave for Houston tomorrow to get Casey ready for the drive home. I know the thing he is looking forward to most is seeing his dog, but she really has not had it too bad at our house. She might not want to go home.